Working as an SDRP intern was the greatest experience I could ever have had during the summer of 2013.
I had the opportunity to go on dolphin surveys, fish surveys, shark boats and an acoustics project which gave me a lot of experience on field research methods. I learned a lot about the Sarasota dolphin population, some specific individuals’ histories and the importance of long-term studies for the conservation of dolphin populations. I also learned different techniques for dolphin necropsy, photo ID and data entry. I am glad to have had the chance to know and work with the SDRP staff and see how much they dedicate themselves every day either in the field or in the lab, teaching us the importance of hard work.
I have been studying a different species of dolphin in South Brazil for four years in the Ecology and Conservation Laboratory – LEC. Now I can bring new ideas and apply the experience and skills I gained with the SDRP to the laboratory where I work in Brazil. I feel I grew professional and personally and I want to thank the SDRP for giving me the opportunity to help and learn with them.
This article was published on page 41 in the January 2014 Nicks n Notches.